Banana Ice Cream! There can simply be no simpler recipe. I love bananas and I do enjoy ice cream so this is the perfect summer treat that is both nutritious and delicious … a winner combination in the mind of a dietitian!
All you need is to make sure you have frozen bananas on hand. If you want to make banana ice cream for your family, perhaps sneak one banana into the freezer every time you buy a bunch. Otherwise, one small banana will suffice as a suitable portion size. And yes, you can count this towards your fruit intake.
Now for the best part. Break your bananas up and add them to a food processor or blender. Add a splash of milk or water (5 – 10 ml per banana), cocoa powder (1 – 2 teaspoons), blend and the most wonderful surprise will occur… ice cream … from bananas!!
The ice cream will be fairly soft but returning it to the freezer for a short period harden it enough to scoop. Banana ice cream can be flavoured in many ways. Add cinnamon or vanilla or chai spice or loose tea or coconut or ginger!
Serving up banana ice cream
Banana ice cream is enjoyable on its own but it makes for a healthy pancake filler or a wholewheat waffle topper… this is certainly a creative way to add fruit to snacks and desserts. It is easy to dress for children’s parties too. Simply use brightly coloured paper cups and topping it with caramel popcorn.
Tip: freeze your bananas whole (peeled or unpeeled) to prevent them from browning. Simply peel the skin off with a sharp knife. By leaving the skin on, you can slot the bananas into gaps in your freezer rather than storing them in a bulky container
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